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Marathon Woman

Running the Race to Revolutionize Women's Sports
Narrated by: Kathrine Switzer
Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
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Summary

Katherine Switzer ran the Boston Marathon in 1967, where she was attacked by one of the event's directors who wanted to eject her from the all-male race. She fought off the director and finished the race. From the childhood events that inspired her to winning the New York City Marathon in 1974, this book details the struggles and achievements of a pioneering woman in sports.

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©2017 Kathrine Switzer (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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"A thoughtfully written memoir...[Switzer is] still running strong; she's headed back to Boston this year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of her 1967 pioneering run, making this a perfect time to brush up on running history." (Mother Runner)

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Inspiring!

Wow! What an inspiring and full of real stories book! Must read for every woman and man runner.

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fantastic book

i loved this book. it was very well read. interesting and funny. I highly recommended.

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  • Fi
  • 05-09-19

Social History Through Running.

An absolutely fantastic listen that has kept me well distracted but motivated on long runs. The mix of personal experience and wider history of the rise of women's running was captivating.

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Fascinating and I’m thankful

This book is amazing. The journey Katherine went through and what she has done for women’s running. I am ever thankful. I enjoy running. I’ve run the London Marathon and at the time didn’t even think about what it took to make that possible for me. Inspirational and brilliant x

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such an inspirational book

loved it. every woman should listen to this at least once in their life regardless of if they run.

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  • Kim R. Bosher
  • 22-02-18

Marathon Woman Has It All

I absolutely loved every story that Kathrine Switzer shared about running! She shared trials and tribulations of the era of women’s running! One of the best books to motivate one to run a marathon! Running has come a long way from the 1970’s or really 1967!

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  • Allan
  • 06-09-17

Great read for all

Fantastic story and wonderful achievements. But as a runner and as a sports administrator trailblazer. Well worth a listen.

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  • Missy Boser
  • 14-09-18

A Must

I LOVE this audio book! Kathrine Switzer did an amazing job narrating it! It feels like she is personally telling you the story!

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  • Renata Altamirano-Garcia
  • 08-06-20

Lovers it! Didn’t expect the stories and years after her first race but makes sense to include ALL her journey.

What an inspiring story! Love it and thank you Kathrine for all you’ve done! Love the book but was not expecting so many stories after her Boston 67 race. Very empowering for women and helps younger generations appreciate how many women have fought for equal opportunities in sport!

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  • Amy
  • 24-05-20

Unbelievable how recent womens' running started!

Takes me back to why I like running. Great running struggles and stories and I could relate. Also it is amazing how unaware I was of the "controversy" over girls and women running--I didn't think twice about it! All thanks to the women pioneers who forged this sport. Cross-country as a freshman in high school in 1990 put me on a fantastic trajectory in life that is still unfolding (and I am still running 25 miles a week!) As a shout out to the guys: I always felt I had encouragement from them for being able to run longer distances. Men and guy friends always have offered a compliment, even yesterday from my retired neighbor when I finished (sweaty) in front of my home. Run like a girl everyone! Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Kathrine Switzer!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-03-20

Go girl power

I had never connected the dots in some of these events. It was a great history of women basically from our marathon beginnings. Kathrine was a key player in legitimizing women’s distance running, who knew she wasn’t just the girl Boston tried to take of the course in that famous photo.

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  • GirlsGotSole
  • 15-11-19

Loved it!

Highly recommend this book to all runners! Kathrine's story is so inspirational! Loved it so much!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-09-19

Ex husband stories

I was hoping for an inpirational listen. I found myself feeling somewhat put down by comments about some marathon speeds being only 'jogger speed' and too many thinly- or not even thinly- veiled negative comments about the husband. These became tiresome and so I cant recommend this one.

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  • gtown2000
  • 12-12-18

Sensational

I knew some of Kathrine’s story, but learned so much more from this book. What an inspiring and powerful description of such important events and changes in running and culture in general! I especially love hearing an author narrate her work, and Kathrine is fantastic at it.

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  • Peggy Sue Andersson
  • 13-10-18

Great history of women's running + race evolution

I knew a little about K Switzer's Boston race and her love for running. I had no idea how influential she was in getting the woman's marathon in the Olympics and how she helped structure road racing in general. I loved her tenacity and how she went for all the "crazy" ideas she had. Since listening to her book I have ordered a physical copy. This is a book I will read or listen to a few more times.